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Shin Splints Remedy for New Runners

Shin Splints Remedy for New Runners

Shin splints are one of the most common ailments that runners struggle with. They most commonly occur when you’ve just started running for the first time, you’ve just returned to running after some time off, or when you start training more intensely. Unfortunately they can also sometimes occur with no warning, even if your regular running habits haven’t changed. We aren’t doctors and can’t offer medical advice, but if you begin to experience what you suspect are shin splints, we have some tips you can try below.

So, what are shin splints? Essentially, shin splints are stress on your shinbone. This presents as painful inflammation in the connective tissues that attach muscles to your bones.

What is the treatment for shin splints? The good news is that they can heal on their own. The challenging news is that they need to be taken seriously to ensure they heal completely and don’t just come right back. The following are the first steps you can take if you get them:

  • Shin splints take time to heal, and you need to rest your legs completely.
  • You can ice the affected shin to ease your pain and any swelling. Apply ice for 20-30 minutes every, 3 to 4 times a day, for 2 to 3 days, or until the pain is gone.
  • Consider trying out a new pair of shoes. It’s possible that they may have reached their maximum mileage limits. If they’re still fairly new, you might consider insoles or orthotics. Since weak arches can often be the culprit behind shin splints, the extra support from inserts might be a huge help for you.
  • Incorporate a stretching routine that targets shin splints specifically.

What are some shin splint stretches? Here are a few you can try.

  1. Toe-drag stretch. This stretch will extend from the top of your foot up into your shin, the aim is to release tension and stiffness. To stretch the muscle in your shin, begin by standing up straight and slightly bending both knees. Keep one foot flat on the ground and curl the toes on the other foot under, in order to gently “drag” the top of the foot on the floor. Hold for 15-30 seconds then alternate feet.
  2. A kneeling stretch. Kneel on a mat with your buttocks directly over your heels. The tops of your feet should be flat on the floor. Hold this stretch for 15-30 seconds. Discontinue if this causes knee comfort.
  3. Simple shin stretch. Walk around at a normal pace with your weight shifted onto your heels, with your toes off the ground slightly. Alternate the to walking on your toes, with heels lifted.

These few moves should make your calves feel gently stretched and flexible. Shin splint pain can be very discouraging, but know that if they happen to you, there are treatments for shin splints, and they won’t last forever.








Best Ultra Running and Trail Running Shoes 2017. Why Trail Runners are Raving About These Shoes.

Best Ultra Running and Trail Running Shoes 2017. Why Trail Runners are Raving About These Shoes.

For those of you who love to run trails and love joining running events whether it's half marathon, marathon or ultra running I'm sure you can agree that one of the most important keys to performing your best is having the right trail running shoes. Before you head on over to your favorite trail running shop we've researched the best shoes for trail runners and here's what we found:




The GEL-Venture 5 shoe provides great fit and everyday comfort, with Rearfoot GEL Cushioning Technology and a rugged outsole ideal for a variety of terrains. Weight: 10.7 oz. The Gel Technology Cushioning attenuates shock during impact phase and allows for a smooth transition to midstance. Made with AHAR Outsole - an acronym for ASICS High Abrasion Rubber, placed in critical areas of the outside for exceptional durability. One of many lovers of this trail running shoes said: "...I could feel the difference instantly. I ran 5.4 miles on day one with them and NO LEG PAIN the other day. I would definately recommend these shoes to any one that needs Arch support."

Midsole height - 30mm/20mm (10mm drop).Weight - 310g. Salomon uses Contagrip Technology which is a precise combination of geometry, density, and compound, optimized for specific sports and surface conditions. Their Sensifit cradles the foot from the midsole to the lace eyelets, providing a precise and comfortable fit. One user of this pair said "... 28 mile mountain run. Perfect, perfect, perfect. GREAT grip, very luggy, almost like cleats but manages to be exceptionally light." 

New Balance Men's MT410V4 Trail-Running Shoe

Hit the trail in confidence when you step out in the New Balance® Men’s 410 running shoe. Featuring leather and synthetic materials, the durable upper construction maintains breathability while protecting against the elements. A thick IMEVA foam midsole provides comfortable cushioning, while the XLT footbed acts as a balanced platform. The rugged outsole features durable rubber materials with grooves so you achieve maximum traction. A wife who had bought this pair for her husband said: "The mesh on the side on the MT410V4 is real mesh and allows for breathing ... These also fit well and give enough support to not aggravate his metatarsalgia."


This vegan friendly footwear is feather light and breathable, this barefoot run shoe liberates your trail run via foot contact with the ground thanks to zero drop. The washable, highly breathable mesh upper is made for comfort in hot conditions and molds to your foot for an ultimately natural, uninhibited fit and stride.  0mm drop / 0mm heel cushion / 5.5 mm heel stack height. 2.0 mm lug depth. Weight: 5.8oz (1/2 pair). One of many fans of Merrell footwear said: " I have run about 220 miles in my one pair.... I have run a full marathon and a half marathon in this shoe... The shoes still are in good shape."


Asics made it to the list once again! How could it not, with so many users raving about this's definitely a must-have!. One avid fan said: "I love these shoes! I am hard to please as well due to planters factitious, fallen arches and lots of screws in my ankle. Great arch support and really beautifully designed shoe." Rearfoot GEL Cushioning Technology and a rugged outsole ideal for a variety of terrains. Removable foam sockliner accommodates orthotics. Trail-specific outsole with multi-surface traction. Made with high-abrasion rubber.